Labour MEPs are calling on David Cameron to start making amends for his tax troubles by ensuring his Euro-MPs do not keep voting against EU action to tackle tax avoidance.
The European Commission will announce its proposals on public tax transparency tomorrow, and is set to call for country-by-country reporting (CBC-R) on tax matters to be made public. CBC-R was among the proposals contained in a Labour report (backed by the European Parliament) which Tory MEPs voted against last year.
Conservative MEPs have repeatedly failed to support EU action, and the prime minister himself and UK government have continually blocked stronger EU measures at meetings of European leaders.
Neena Gill MEP, member of the taxe committee, said:
"Cameron could begin to make up for his lack of clarity by backing up his rhetoric on tackling tax dodging with firm action, at national and EU level. Starting with his own MEPs, who, along with UKIP, continually vote against tax clarity measures at the EU, such as country-by-country reporting.
"Labour has been pushing for regulation on tax transparency, and will continue to do so. Words are cheap - it's time for Mr Cameron and his MEPs to stop blocking and start backing stronger action."